Tag Archives: Retro Gaming

Play Blackpool 2015

Sorry for the lack of content recently. I’ve been a little under the weather due to some financial problems I’ve had. Because of this I’ve had to go back to full time working on my day job, and I won’t be blogging as much as I used to compared to how I was at the beginning of the year.

Receiving my pay cheque as a full timer again at my day job, I was able to afford to head over to Blackpool with the British IBM’s Adrian Killins, Mike and Scott from Retro Gaming Roundup, and forum members, Random Dave, UK Neil and Ben Jones.

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Play Blackpool is situated in Norbreck Castle. A pretty bad looking hotel shaped as a castle on the coast. Thing is, it’s not the looks, but it’s what’s in the venue that counts. Continue reading

Retro Night 22/August/14

The Centre of Computing History had another Retro Night, and I helped out the guys with our “Play Every Mario Kart Here” room!

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All eight Mario Kart games was here. From SNES to WiiU!

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Revival Event 2014: Overview

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I was planning to write more blogs during the time I was at Revival this year. However, the WordPress app has a hard time publishing on 3G, which is a huge pain when there’s no “real” free wireless. This year Revival was at the same location as last year, Dunstall Park in Wolverhampton.

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I got in on Friday afternoon to help Mike set up his booth for RetroGaming Roundup. @Random_Dave got to show off his new game, James & Watch: Arm, he originally had it as a DreamCast game, but got to port it to Linux at the last minute and had it running on a Raspberry Pi. The game is pretty much like Fire, but you control the 6 year old Mike being thrown about. Continue reading

Stalking the Retro joins GreatBitBlog!

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Yup, that “other” podcast that I do with Jeremy, Willy, and Ben have now moved over to GreatBitBlog!

Jeremy, the lead host of Stalking the Retro, now has his little home on GreatBitBlog on stalkingtheretro.greatbitblog.com. So if you haven’t heard it yet, go over and have a listen! Jeremy’s new WordPress page is a little bit new at the moment, he’ll soon be working on that. Plus his RSS feed will be moving over to greatbitblog host, so there’s going to be quite a few changes happening with future STR episodes!

Review for Yars’ Revenge on Atari 2600

Want to know what my favourite game is on the Atari 2600?

Yars' Revenge (1982) (Atari)

It’s Yars’ Revenge. It’s one of those shmups that tried to be port of another game, Star Castle, but became it’s own game due to programmers not being able to port the arcade game to the 2600. Yars’ Revenge is a rather unique game in the fact that there’s not really another game like it. To explain this game, you play as Yar, an insect alien floating in space, being attacked by the Qotile and it’s relentless homing destroyer missile. The idea is that the Qotile is surrounded by a shield that parts can removed by either shooting at it, or eating chunks out of it. once you expose the Qotile, whilst avoiding the homing destroyer missile. There’s a scrambled coloured bar a little left from the middle of the screen, this is the neutral zone. If you hide inside this, the destroyer missile can not hurt you, but you can not shoot whilst inside the neutral zone. Continue reading

Retro Night at the Centre of Computer History!

Aidy from the British IBM and I hosted a party yesterday at the Centre of Computer History, or just the Computer Museum as I like to call it, where a group of 50 gamers get to rekindle their gaming childhoods with systems of old, a couple of current systems too, whilst drinking beer and eating burgers! So here’s some photos of the event!

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A Rare Japanese Toys ‘R’ Us gold Nintendo 64 and controllers. I always wondered why we got gold controllers but not a gold console…

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It was dark and quiet before the event began… Continue reading

How to use DOSBox

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One of the many things that my friends often ask me is how to run their old PC games on their new Windows 7 or Mac OS X machine. Well if it’s a DOS game, you’re in luck. DOSBox is a DOS virtual machine that you can run in Windows 7/8, and there are versions available for Mac OS and Linux too! Continue reading